It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape.
More quotes by Voltaire
It is proved…that things cannot be other than they are, for since everything was made for a purpose, it follows that everything is made for the best purpose.
The first step, my son, which one makes in the world, is the one on which depends the rest of our days.
How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.
More quotes about Wisdom
Dear to us are those who love us… but dearer are those who reject us as unworthy, for they add another life; they build a heaven before us whereof we had not dreamed, and thereby supply to us new powers out of the recesses of the spirit, and urge us to new and unattempted performances.
There is, indeed, nothing that so much seduces reason from vigilance, as the thought of passing life with an amiable woman.
Worldly faces never look so worldly as at a funeral. They have the same effect of grating incongruity as the sound of a coarse voice breaking the solemn silence of night.
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
Was there ever such an autumn? And yet there was never such a panic and hard times in the commercial world. The merchants and banks are suspending and failing all the country over, but not the sandbanks, solid and warm, and streaked with bloody blackberry vines.You may run upon them as much as you please – even as the crickets do, and find their account in it. They are the stockholders in these banks, and I hear them creaking their content.
In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
The luster of diamonds is invigorated by the interposition of darker bodies; the lights of a picture are created by the shades; the highest pleasure which nature has indulged to sensitive perception is that of rest after fatigue.
One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.
Sir, he throws away his money without thought and without merit. I do not call a tree generous that sheds its fruit at every breeze.